Challenge: Burning fossil fuels is destroying our climate and our world. As just one example, in the U.S. Northeast rising sea level and more frequent damaging storms are putting coastal communities in danger. In 2012 Hurricane Sandy flooded New York City subways and tore up the New Jersey-Long Island coast. Since 2000, storms have begun to topple coastal houses on Plum Island, MA, into the sea. The tides and winds of the 2013 winter northeasters sliced away large portions of the protective dunes along the Hull, MA, peninsula. The greatest contributors to climate change are transportation and generating electricity.
There is a Solution: Widespread use of Solar Personal Rapid Transit can cut greenhouse gases from transportation by 70%. By bringing down costs, it can also make solar panels and energy storage/generation the norm for buildings. Solarizing transportation and electricity generation can stabilize climate.
Urgency: The time to act is NOW. We are close to an irreversible collapse of climate. In November 2011, the International Energy Agency published a report stating that we would be “locked in” to irreversible global warming within five years unless we dramatically change the rate at which we are constructing new fossil fuel infrastructure.
Take action: 1) Ask your State legislators to adopt a Performance Standard to allow private enterprise to build a Solar Personal Rapid Transit network on public rights-of-way using private capital.
2) Contact us to discuss how you might like to participate in finding a place for building a short, profitable section of Solar Personal Rapid Transit in the Boston area so people can see it, with the goal of kicking off a transportation network that could lead to a stable climate and healthy economy for Massachusetts and the world.